Murdo Girl…Lav gives her all

Hey MG readers! I’m almost finished with my project and I will most likely post it this evening. In the meantime, here is another rerun. I hope I’m not the only one who gets a chuckle out of the Brick House campaign for Next Pres, stories.

I’ve been all over the place haven’t I? I’ve written a couple of Murdo/History/camera stories, Beastertown, Pearl, and of course tiny home updates. We’re only a few weeks away from occupying our new tiny mansion, so updates will be forthcoming. You will love it! Maybe I will be able to stay more focused once we are all settled in. Thank you for your enduring patience!

The following has been edited. Who says you can’t rewrite the past?

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It’s Saturday night at the Coyote County Convention. The keynote speaker is Lav Yekcel. Head for the platform Lav and make your anytime minutes count.

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Lav Yekcel, Publicity Stunt Coordinator and sometimes Queen

The Dems have their Donkeys, the Repubs have their Elephants, Barney Fife has the Lone Wolves. Murdo Girl is running for President on the Coyote Ticket. That’s right. We’re not Dems and were not Repubs, we are just one thing, The Coyotes.

Crowd: GET HER OFF THE STAGE!

Who are the Murdo Coyotes? By Lav

The Coyote party is much like the animal. We protect our own, and howl at anyone who threatens our town, especially if there’s a full moon. Coyotes  can go anywhere and not be bothered. On the other hand, the opposition party, Barney’s Lone Wolves, mainly live in the lowlands. I mean they not only live in low places, they’ve got friends in low places, where the whiskey flows and the beer chases their blues away.

Crowd: PLAGIARISM!

Back to the Coyotes. Blah, blah, blah…

Crowd: crickets…where did the crowd go? Oh, I see a few gathered in the lobby. They’re enjoying coffee and homeade cookies. I see MG’s mother brought her famous homeade Oreos.

Lav smiles, bows, and blows kisses as she is run off the stage.

Murdo Girl will now give her acceptance speech and tell us all who the Coyote VP candidate will be. (There is a smattering of applause. It appears most of the crowd is clapping with just one hand.)

Murdo Girl

Thank you for your support Murdo. A special thanks to Carol for her beautiful rendition of Oh, here’s for Murdo Girl.

 

I accept the nomination for President of The United States of America, with an emphasis on Murdo.

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I can’t go past a water tower anymore without feeling a deep sense of pride. Every time I see a Wall Drug sign pointing towards Murdo, I get all choked up. The Coyote team has worked miracles, with a lot of brawn and very little brains. You all know who I’m talking about. Bless your hearts.

 

I would like to make sure everyone knows about the hamburger and hot dog cookout to be held on the lot across the street. It will be starting immediately after the conclusion of tonight’s festivities.  All we ask is that you cross Jerry’s palms with a few bucks. It costs more money than we anticipated to keep the 97 Wall Drug signs pointing to Murdo.

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The Queen will be serving

Do we really want Murdo to be our Nation’s Capital? I think not. Let the D.C. Dolts stay where they are. The best S and R’s are from SD anyway. Let them do their thing. We will live by our Mission statement. Someone in Mission, SD wrote, ” If you want to be Rome, do as the Roman’s do.” I believe that simple statement will go down in history. We will, of course, substitute Murdo for Rome, and add anonymous, who we all know writes good stuff.

I have been asked to stay out of the low cost healthcare stuff. Murdo will do it’s part to keep everyone healthy by outlawing Bing Candy bars. You will no longer be able to get a Bing and a Coke at Mack’s Cafe. (At this news the convention delegates Boo.)

 

Hold on now people, you can still go to Draper or Vivian and buy Bings. You just can’t get them in Murdo anymore. We’re trying to set a good example, that’s why the Methodist Church basement Cooks are starting a Supersize class on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 

The men are going to try to stay fit by walking the square on Mondays and Wednesdays. You must arrive at the Frosty Freeze by 9:00 a.m. if you want to participate. The Frosty is offering 2 for one milkshakes at 10:00 which should hurry everything along.parade

Unlike my opponent Barney Fife, I won’t be distracted by throwing people like poor Otis Campbell in jail. I won’t be carrying a gun with one bullet. I’ll have at least two, and I’m thinking about three. I have already passed the gun safety course.

 

 

Our Senator has also asked me to stay out of trying to pass bills that would beef up our military, which I’m reluctant to do. Our military needs some beefing up. They’re pretty little.

 

 

I really appreciate how the Senator is trying to lighten my load. I still have to deal with the town infrastructure. As soon as somebody tells me how to infrastructure, I’ll get right on it.

At this time, I would like to announce my running mate on the Coyote ticket. My VP nominee is Lav. I picked her mainly because I already have a lot of pictures of us together. We are also planning a girl’s vaca in October, and she has a $62.00 crown. She has to figure out a way to get her money’s worth out of it.

 

Lav also knows how to drive the Jeep. We’ll have to get Sherri to paint her name on it. I will soon be announcing a new Publicity Stunt Manager to take the place of the vacant Lav.

This was the conclusion of the Coyote County Convention. Go Coyote Team. We’re all behind you. Hey, Where is everybody? Anybody still in the Harold Thune Auditorium?? Who turned the lights out? The Party’s over??

Crickets, Crickets, Crickets

They must have all gone to the cookout.

(Murdo girl got tied up today and wrote this very quickly. Now I’m going to Draper to get a coke and a Bing.)

 

Murdo Girl…Do tell..please don’t

Tammy’s speech

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Tammy

My name is Tammy and Murdo Girl used to babysit me and my sisters. I was going to get up here and tell you all about the time I forced someone to take me to the Chalet Motel because I needed to talk to Murdo Girl. Her Mom and Dad owned the motel and Murdo Girl was working there that night renting rooms. Anyway, I thought about telling you how I cried and begged for her to come and take care of us because, well, just because she’s a lot more fun than my aunt who was supposed to take care of us for a few days. I guess I shouldn’t tell you that Murdo Girl said no…(The convention delegates gasp.) She said she couldn’t come with me. Someone finally tore me out of her arms and drug me away. I was yelling, “Please Murdo Girl!”

I have been traumatized by that incident my whole life. Because she told me no, I have been afraid to ask people for favors. I had to be forcefully removed from Mrs. Iverson’s music class. I keep having the same nightmares about being sent away…

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All are horrified..Except the Queen

Two other girls have entered the Harold Thune Auditorium and are walking toward the platform poor little Tammy is standing on.

First Girl: Hold up Tammy.. My name is Karen and I’m Tammy’s sister. She was adopted.

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Karen

Second Girl: I’m Kim, Karen and Tammy’s sister. Actually, Murdo Girl recently told Tammy she wasn’t adopted and ruined all our lives. Karen and I tried really hard to make Tammy think she was somebody else’s kid. We took her baby pictures out of all the albums. We left the ones of all of us wearing identical dresses. Well, Karen and I were. Tammy had to wear all of our dresses out; first mine then Karen’s. She never did catch up. In all the pictures, it looks like she has the same dress on for years.

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Kim

Lav jumps up, points at her watch and yells: “Your minutes have expired! My turn now!”

Several conventioneers tried to calm things down, but it was too late. The moment had passed. It could never be recaptured. Murdo Girl had been portrayed by a precious little girl as a mean babysitter. Who’s idea was it anyway to have a kid talk at a convention? Tammy’s cute, but she’s no Ivanka Trump or Chelsea Clinton. Well, I’ll have to say Tammy is much cuter than Chelsea and I’m  sure she’ll be more beautiful than Ivanka when she grows up. She’s pretty smart too.

Karen: Tammy is making way too much of this. She got back at Marilyn Iverson by going to her husband Bob’s birthday party dressed like Dolly Parton. It was pretty funny when her strategically placed “balloons”started leaking water while Tammy was singing 9 to 5.

Kim: Murdo Girl is really a nice person. The only bad thing she did that I know of is when she gave Don Edwards Ex-lax and told him it was a candy bar. He was working at our Dean’s Philip’s 66 Station at the time and we had to get someone to take over his shift. (He thought it was just gas.)

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I can’t listen to this..

Kim: I like Murdo Girl too. She didn’t do anything when I broke my guitar. Even though I broke it over her friend’s head.

A I comes forward…everyone is thinking now what?

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A I: I think we’ve all heard enough girls. I had a feeling something like this was going to happen, so  I did some aggressive background checking. What I found out will discredit every bad word they have said about you Murdo Girl. A I turns to face the three convention crashers. They’re all… GRAVE DIGGERS! Tammy’s son is a MONSTER truck driver!!

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Tammy Lindquist Van Dam, Kim Lindquist Deuter, Tammy’s son, Professional Monster Truck Driver, Cole Venard, Karen Lindquist, and another Aunt I don’t know.

C of the CCC:( Chairperson of the Coyote County Convention), Well, CC of CCC (Co-Chair). Now what do we do?

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Eddie and Mari Jackson, the C and CC of the CCC

CC of CCC: I think we should drop the balloons, hope they don’t leak, and sing “Oh here’s for Murdo Girl.”

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Oh No!! What’s he doing here

 

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Wait until Coach Applebee sees his floor! People have their shoes on.

 

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LAV: Wait! What about my speech? I still have anytime minutes left

And so, the first night of the Coyote County Convention ends. What will tomorrow bring? Will Lav roll her minutes over, or use them to make her speech, “Who are the Coyotes?” Will the delegates turn against Murdo Girl? Will Sherri get the picture? Will the Town Cryer please stop Crying? Will Jerry get the queen to give up some dough? What will the Murdo Coyote Newspaper print?

 

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Is it Over yet?

 

 

Murdo Girl…Biting the bullet

Today is Friday, but we’ll have to pretend it’s Thursday for a couple of days so we can get everything in. We only campaign on the week-ends.

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Can I be excused? I have a toothache

Tonight is the kickoff of the Convention, which is being held at the Harold Thune Auditorium. It has become necessary for team Coyote to name a chairperson for the CCC  (Coyote County Convention). We need someone with a certain skill set. They have to be smarter than Bart, more organized than Smart, and braver than Braveheart.

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I can’t do it, I’m Treason, short for Teresa the Liaison

Murdo Girl: I would like to introduce everyone to Mari Jackson the chairwoman of the Coyote County Convention. Mari’s husband Eddie has volunteered, with the emphasis on volunteer, to  be sort of a Jackson of all trades. He’s also going to be the convention co-chair. 

Remember, we didn’t get our papers filed in time to run in all the states, so we’re only running in Jones County. That’s why we can’t have a Coyote National Convention. We are however appealing to the masses with a new campaign slogan. “Don’t write Murdo Girl off, Write Murdo Girl in.”

My bodyguards, Bart, Smart and Braveheart are taking the message to the whole United States.They are riding with Thelma Lou and Louise. The ladies will be campaigning for Barney of course, but we’re willing to compromise ourselves, because Thelma Lou and Louise are providing the car…and the gas…hopefully they’re insured.

 

Now, how are we coming on the preparation for the opening of the convention tonight? Chairman of the CCC, do you have an update for me?

C of CCC: What? You just yanked me off the street Murdo Girl. Ever since you made me carry your sign all over Murdo, I have been crossing the street to avoid you. I didn’t see you coming today…don’t know how I missed the glare off the tinfoil.

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Don Edwards, not a C (yet) Mari Jackson, C of CCC and Eddie Jackson, CC of CCC

CC of CCC: Well, C of CCC, the way I look at it the next Pres has to be “Anybody but Barney.” So let’s bite Barney’s bullet and take this seemingly hopeless task on.

A I: This whole thing is making the hair on the back of my neck stand up. You should have had me do a background check. It’s not too late Murdo Girl. Can I at least check their emails and Facebook account?

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Lav:  Why do I have to give the speech tomorrow night? I’m just the person in charge of Publicity stunts. I’m pretty tired too. Otis and I had to pick up all those rocks that the Photographic Drawer painted Murdo Girl on. She didn’t even help with one Radio Flyer wagon full.

Lav, Wagon, and Sherri, Photographic Drawer

Carol: Who knows the words to “Oh Who’s for Murdo Girl?”

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I’m Carol and I sing the songs that make the whole world write

Yram Sicnarf: A speech IS a publicity stunt Lav. Murdo Girl do you have any kids you can haul up on the platform to cry and emote over you?

Murdo girl senses that she has lost control of the meeting and the convention will be underway in less than 2 hours. Her right eye starts to twitch. All of a sudden the door at the top of the basement steps swings open. There is a small figure emerging from the bright light. Murdo Girl has a sharp intake of breath. Her crown is starting to feel too tight on her head. The photographic Drawer has some bad smelling paint. The fumes are permeating the room. Who is the child that just walked in and what does she want?

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I’m Tammy and I would like to speak  about Murdo Girl at the CCC convention. She’s not my mother, but she practically raised me.

Lav: Sounds great Tammy. I’ll give you some of my anytime minutes.

Murdo Girl feels there is something in her past that she should remember about Tammy, but she doesn’t have time to get hypnotized or anything so she decides not to worry about it.

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Oh Here’s for Murdo Girl

Oh here’s for Murdo Girl, she’s bound to win.

On the ballot for next Pres, her name you must write in.

She will move us forward, like no one else before

Yes Murdo’s our new capital, from now til evermore.

Murdo Girl will keep her promises, starting now until forever.

There’s Murdo South Dakota, and then there is.. Whatever

Go Coyotes!!

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The Town Cryer with tomorrow’s agenda

Tomorrow…The speeches to make the whole room cry, by Tammy and Lav

Murdo Girl’s choice for VP will be announced, but there might not be enough time for that person to speak. It’s hard to get it all in you know.

Thank you for your support. (Any monetary donations will be appreciated, but please no potato chips or Little Debbie Snacks.)

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Jerry the Bean Counter

 

Murdo Girl…Don’t worry Murdo, I’ve got your back

Murdo Girl: No more fun and games team Coyote! It’s time to prepare for the convention. It’s time to pick a running mate. It’s time to torpedo Barney Fife once and for all. It’s time to..What? Teresa the Newspaper Liaison to beat all liaisons what’s wrong with you?

Teresa: I was just getting a little twitterpated Murdo Girl with all the” it’s time” stuff. We need a campaign slogan. I think we had one once, but I haven’t read the paper in awhile and I forgot it.

Murdo Girl: You mean to tell me that my Newspaper Liaison doesn’t read the paper? Oh, never mind. I was having so much fun at the All School Reunion last week that I totally forgot I was running for President.

Murdo Girl looks around the room obviously surprised at the attendance of her mandatory meeting being held in the Jones County State Bank basement Coyote headquarters.

Murdo Girl: Listen up everyone. All two people give her their undivided attention. Who is that you’ve got with you Teresa? I need to come up with what to call you. Teresa the Liaison to the Murdo Coyote is too long and hard to spell…how about… Treason?

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Treason: I don’t know who she is Murdo Girl…I thought you knew her. Murdo girl and Treason stare at the woman sitting in on the campaign strategy meeting.

The Stranger: Good gosh you two…I’m A I! I just have a new hat that’s all. Let me get back out there Murdo Girl. I know there just has got to be some Barney Baloney out there somewhere. You know, something we can use to wipe his pinched, thin face off the face of the ballot.

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Murdo girl: Okay, it’s all about faces.

A I: Okay

About that time here comes everybody else:

Top from left: Jerry the Bean Counter, Yram Sicnarf the crack up reporter, Laura the Town Crier, Sherri the Photographic Drawer, Bart the body-guard

Bottom from left: Smart the body-guard, Braveheart the bodyguard, Carol the campaign song singer, Lav the publicity stunt coordinator, and The Queen.. turn around Queenie. It’s not like we don’t know who you are.

Murdo Girl: Bean Counter…Do I have to pay all of these highly paid staffers?

Jerry: Yes

Murdo Girl: In that case, I hope I pay you by the word.

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After almost no discussion, here are the minutes to the meeting. Just the convention agenda part. It has to be into Tammy Van Dam by tomorrow. Nothing happens at the Harold Thune Auditorium with the Jerald Applebee floor, without Tammy knowing about it.

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Don’t make me regret this MG

Thursday: Speech “Who are the Coyotes?” by Lav, (Publicity stunt coordinator). Following Lav’s speech, there will be a  commentary by Treason, who will later advise the Murdo Coyote.

Friday: That’s when we bring out the big guns. A I will report on Barney Fife’s bullet. Lav took a picture of it at the reunion. She must have had an unusual BOB (burst of brain) during a lull in the activities.

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Saturday: The speaker will be the one all the before who want a good after, have been waiting for… Murdo Girl, who will  be super inspiring while she outlines her platform and names her running mate.

Sherri, the Photographic Drawer will be giving us drawings of it all.

At the culmination of each evening of hardcore politics, Carol will sing the new Coyote campaign song…”Oh Here’s for Murdo Girl!” It will be sung to the tune of, “I did it my way.”

Following the aforementioned activities, there will be the same thing for Barney Fife. Because of logistics, it’s necessary  to have a joint convention

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Get ready Jerald Applebee floor…You can run on it, but you can’t hide from Murdo Girl and Barney. One of us will be your next Commander in Chief.

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There once was a deputy named Fife, Who carried a gun and a knife, His gun was all dusty, His knife was all rusty, Cause he never caught a crook in his life. (just saying)

 

 

Murdo Girl…The garbage house

I just received a notification that yesterday’s blog was number 200. I started last September blogging about our first extended RV trip. Next, I wrote two doll stories and then came Murdo Girl.

Look what I found…

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I made a playhouse where the Whitakers keep their garbage. They have a little buiding behind their house, which is across the street from us. I’ve played there a bunch of times already. It smells pretty bad in there; especially on hot days. I don’t spend much time inside of it anyway, because I go and visit my Mom across the street. The first time I went to visit, I didn’t know what my name was. Mom said, “Well hello Mrs. Man. How are you today?” Right then I figured out Mrs. Man was a  good name. Mom and I had a pretty nice little visit, then I went back to the Whitaker’s garbage house and tried to straighten things up a little.

I didn’t have anything to sit on in the garbage house, so I went back over to Mom’s and knocked on the door. She said, “Who is it?” I said, “It’s Mrs. Man. I came to see if you have any little kid chairs that I can use.” She said, “There are two little kid’s folding chairs in my little girl’s bedroom. You can use those, but bring them back when you’re finished or Mr. Whitaker might burn them with his trash.” So that’s what I’ve been doing every day that I’m Mrs. Man.

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I named her Mrs. Man

Today, I asked Mom if she would like to come over to my house for coffee? She told me no! I was surprised that she said no like that. Mom loves to go have coffee with just about anybody. “Why don’t you want to come over for coffee,” I asked? “Well,” she said, “Because I don’t like rats, and where there’s garbage, there’s always rats.” I said, “Oh.”  I thought about it for awhile, then I asked Mom if she would come with me to bring those chairs back that I had borrowed. I decided, since it was so hot, I wanted to open up a lemonade stand in front of OUR house.

Guess who my first customer was?  It was Gail Whitaker. I wanted to visit with her since she bought my lemonade so I said, “Gail, do those rats that live in your garbage filled shed ever come into your house?” Gail told me she didn’t know about the shed, but she had never seen any rats or mice in her house.

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Gail Whitaker at my lemonade stand

I had to drink a lot of my lemonade because it was so hot outside. About the time I ran out, Mom said to close up because we were going to see Grandma Sanderson.

When we got to Grandma’s, I got some horehound candy to suck on and went out in the backyard. From there, I could see the little pond. Some of my cousins and a few other kids were playing in the water. I was really glad because the pond is fun and wading in it would make me cooler. We catch crawdads in the pond and cut off their heads and their legs and pretend to eat them. It takes a long time to get all the parts cut off just right. Suzanne Bork is the best at it.

 

Some of the older cousins built a raft kind of like Tom Sawyer’s. You can stand up on it and use a big stick to shove off. If there are two of us, we can use paddles, but the water isn’t deep enough to swim in. The bottom is slimy mud and when I walk in it, I can squish it between my toes. If we start early and have a lot of time, we can rub the mud all over our bodies and play like we’re in quicksand or use it to camouflage ourselves when we play like we’re hiding from the enemy.

 

There are all kinds of cattails and tall reeds in the pond. We can hide our raft in them when we’re playing like we’re pirates.

 I ‘m always afraid that I will get into some quicksand and it will suck me up before Lassie can get help, or someone with a rope and a horse can get there to pull me out. I don’t have a picture of the pond. This is a picture of the East Dam where Pink Sandy taught us how to swim. I think it’s on Seymour’s land.

 

I can always figure out things to do with just myself, but I like playing with all the kids South of 16 the best. Either way, there’s always someone or something imaginary around.

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I like to dress in camo too and hide in Hawaii

 

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Years later, my Dad came back from California to visit me. I picked him up at the airport in Rapid City. On the way back to Murdo, he was asking me about different people he knew. He asked how our old neighbor Ruben Whitaker was doing. I said that Ruben had died awhile back. Dad seemed pretty sad about the news.

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I just said, “My daughter is Mrs. Man”

The next day, he went to the Pioneer Auto Museum. When he came home, he said, “I went to see the Auto Museum today, and imagine my surprise when I ran into Ruben Whitaker. He works at the museum. I guess the rumors of his death are greatly exaggerated.” Almost every time I talked to Dad after that, he asked me how old Ruben Whitaker was doing.

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I hired Ruben..I don’t know Mrs. Man

 

 

Murdo Girl…Winning isn’t everything

Several people asked me how I did in the Boulder Bolder 10k that I talked about in yesterday’s blog so I looked back and found this story from July of 2016. I wrote it shortly after the Murdo All School Reunion. The first part is about the night of the reunion dance, and eventually progresses to my running career.

There was no dirt from the dance. Everyone I saw was pretty well-behaved and believe me, I looked hard for a newsworthy scandal. It was a totally different atmosphere from the Vivian dances of my youth. The ages of people having fun, ranged from 9 to 97. I didn’t have the stamina of those on either end. It was around 1:00 a.m. when I danced one dance with Dean Lindquist, who had just celebrated his 80th birthday. By the time the dance was over, I was so out of breath, he had to help me back to the table before he found someone else to dance with. I sat next to Dean’s daughter Karen whom I used to babysit. She asked a guy across the table if he was a Nix. He said yes and Karen told him she went to school with his Dad. The generations were getting too deep for me, so I decided to leave. It hasn’t been that long ago that I was in good shape…or was it longer ago than I remember?

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Murdo Girl doesn’t know she’s not the object of everyone’s attention. (That’s Dean Lindquist and Tommy Kerlin goofing around.)

I got into the habit of telling people I’m a runner. I was for about five minutes. Actually, I ran 25 to 30 miles a week for about 15 years. I started when I was 40. I never was nor ever claimed to be a Suzanne Brost, who is also from Murdo. I ran the Boulder Bolder in Colorado with her once. Let me correct that statement. I ran the same race and came in about an hour behind her. I blamed it on the high altitude and then there were TV cameras, so I changed course a little to wave at the cameraman. Billy was there for the big event. I’m sure he thought  I had been taken somewhere by ambulance. At least I wasn’t the last one to come in. My niece and her friend had a goal to be last. I think they got 2nd to last. They said it was harder than you would think. I have a feeling Billy put money on the outcome, which could have been good or bad. I was afraid to ask him what my odds were.

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I had the official Certificate from the Boulder Bolder, signed by R.U. Sane, but it must be packed in a box somewhere. It adjusts my time for hazards beyond my control. It started at 56.23 minutes, but we got it down to 48.99 minutes.

Kip’s sister, Kristin, and I ran the Turkey Trot in Dallas together fifteen times. We finally had to quit because it was taking us so long, we were afraid we were going to miss Thanksgiving dinner.

I ran several 10ks in and around the Dallas area and actually won a few times in my “age group.” The next day, they would put the winners and the times of the different “age groups” in the Dallas Morning News. I always hoped my friends missed that portion of the paper. The times weren’t good enough to even want bragging rights.

Kip took his sister Kristin and I to participate in a Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure at North Park in Dallas. The race starts out at a snail’s pace and it’s quite a while before you can actually get up to jogging speed. Kris and I were in pretty good shape then, and decided to take off on our own through the beautiful neighborhoods. We had a fabulous run, and caught up with the tail end of the Komen race. We were laboring a little, and sweating almost as much as I did in the hot Harold Thune Auditorium during the reunion.

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It wasn’t until we noticed we were nearing the finish-line and running behind  people in their 80’s, mommies pushing baby carts, and the walkers, that we realized what was happening. We heard shouts of “You can make it,” and, “Just a little bit further.” They were cheering us on. Kip looked worried. He finally spotted us and worry turned to disbelief and embarrassment. Our explanation fell on deaf ears. We kept getting the “You poor things,” look.

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Let’s see you try to run it Queenie and Son

I sound like I’m denigrating myself, but I’m really not. Every bit of it was fun and I did my best. I won’t go into my golfing career. Someone once described a nanosecond as the time it takes me to perform my back swing. I was actually pretty good, then I took lessons and it ruined my game.

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Did she say fore or four? Never mind she shanked it!

My Cousin Valerie does Zumba and she is in great shape, however I noticed she didn’t dance at the reunion. Anyway, I bought a Zumba tape and I really like it. I’ve gone through it five times. On Monday, I’m going to try to do it. What do they say? Getting older isn’t for sissies? I try to ignore it. I will always be younger than somebody.

You just have to stay active and aggressive

 

 

Murdo Girl…The past meets the future

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Arial View of Murdo, SD

Yes, I’m still talking about the reunion…Later on Saturday, I found out what the lone table sitting on the plastic cover of the Applebee floor in the Harold Thune Auditorium was for. I got the following invitation.

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The coveted pin

What: A meeting of the (Past) Future Betty Crocker Homemakers of  Tomorrow

When: Saturday night at 9:00 pm (right before the dance)

Agenda…Defend yourselves ladies

The attendees: Patti Dykstra Arnieri, Nancy Parish, Molly Cline, Murdo Girl, The Queen

The Presentations

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 I’m Patti. I wear my apron to paint twinsie pictures with my sister Judy
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I’m Nancy. I learned how to make coffee. It changed my life
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I’m Molly. I didn’t go to this school and I didn’t get BCH of T. I can cook, sew, clean and I’m a wonderful person. I have held a grudge toward the winners everywhere for 51 years, and I’m not going to take it anymore! Please sign my petition and you’ll get an orange and black sticker
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I’m Queen Elizabeth, but you can call me Betty. I like to make scrapbooks
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I’m Murdo Girl and I have a throbbing Headache.
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“Well that was fun,” said Mrs. Peters. “Get off my floor,” said Coach. “Get out of my auditorium,” said Mr. Harold Thune. See Coach Applebee is looking at his floor. “It’s got plastic on it Coach.”

The Dance.. I took my crown off and sang The Coyote School Song. I love microphones! To the left of the crown is coach and his bouncers. They kicked us all out. Geez coach, do you ever sleep?

The Banner and the ashtray on display at the home of Murdo Girl

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Are you happy now your highmess?

Tomorrow I’ll disclose some dirt from the dance, and I hear Yram Sicnarf scored an interview with the head janitor who was responsible for cleaning the Applebee floor, even back before it had a name.

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Murdo Girl…The alumni tells all

 

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A rare look inside the Harold Thune Auditorium. It looks like they weren’t expecting very many people..hmm

Hi, I’m Yram Sicnarf and I have finally pulled together some highlights from interviews I snagged at the recent All School Reunion in Murdo. You may have seen me, but didn’t know it. I showed up in several different disguises. A crack up reporter like myself has to be creative so as not to alarm the interviewees.

Judy Dykstra Brown talking candidly with a disguised Yram Sicnarf

First on board was Judy Dykstra Brown. Judy is a well known blogger, published author, and poet. I asked her to give me some dir..I mean share her knowledge about a Murdoite. The following is a synopsis of what she said.

Once your uncle Jeff Sanderson “bought” me at an MYF slave auction. Irma had been gone and was coming home the next day and I think Jeff was panicked that the house would be in disarray. As I recall, he told me to sweep, mop and dust, but then he left Mark in charge while he went back up to the store. Well, Mark took the term “slave” literally. He wanted me to clean his room, wash clothes–even iron. I told him I was just supposed to do what his dad told me to do and continued cleaning.

Meanwhile, he went out and snooped around in my car and found a pack of cigarettes under the car seat. Lynn, Rita, Sheila and I used to drive around on Sundays and smoke… but my folks of course did not know this. So, he came in with the cigarettes and blackmailed me into doing whatever he wanted me to do or he’d tell my folks! He was not very old when this happened. I can tattle, too!!! I have a few Murdo stories on my blog as well..Pretty soon we’ll have all the secrets dug up.

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This is Judy back when she smoked

A side note as told to Yram Sicnarf by Murdo Girl….

Remember my story about the time my Dad took my cousin Mark and me to a bingo fundraiser uptown? Dad paid for us to play a bunch of games. Eventually Mark won an ashtray. He told Dad he would have given it to him, but he won it on a free game.

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This is Mark at about the time he pulled  his stunts. Looks innocent doesn’t he?

Well, he must have been tormented by it for all these years, because when Val and I went to see him, he left the room and came back with the ashtray. He said he was trying to get rid of some junk, but I could tell by the way his voice quivered that he was overcome with guilt. We were only 7 at the time, so that was 57 years ago. Now, I have a 57 year old ashtray.

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I don’t smoke. Mark should have given this to Judy

Another Note…as told to Yram Sicnarf by Murdo Girl

Murdo girl was an MYF slave too. I always made sure The Lindquists bought me. We usually went swimming, or shopping. They like slumber parties too. They love Murdo Girl!

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Hi Karen, Tammy, and Kim ..Love the sign

I have to go now. Don’t miss tomorrows interviews with“The Old and the Restless”, or is it “The Bold and the Passable?” Wait! “The Old and the Bold”

All they had to do was carry the sign. 

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I think this is my favorite disguise
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The Queen doing her imitation of Mrs. Peters

Murdo Girl…The family roots

  1. Bowers, Margarete, 1926
  2. Bowers, Robert, 1929
  3. Bowers, William (Bev), 1933
  4. Francis, William, 1937
  5. Francis, John, 1934
  6. Francis, Charles, 1942
  7. Francis, William, Billy, 1962
  8. Francis, Mary, 1970
  9. Sanderson, Wayne, 1930
  10. Sanderson, Ella, 1933
  11. Sanderson, Jeff, 1933
  12. Sanderson, Helen, 1935
  13. Sanderson, Loretta, 1938
  14. Sanderson, Elna, 1944
  15. Sanderson, Terry, 1959
  16. Sanderson, Jeff H., 1965
  17. Sanderson, Mark, 1970
  18. Sanderson, Rhon, 1986
  19. Sanderson, Len, 1987
  20. Miller, Andrea, 1967
  21. Miller, Stephanie, 1971
  22. Miller, Greg, 1973
  23. Miller, Renee, 2003
  24. Miller, Jordon, 2007
  25. Miller, Matthew, 2011

This is a list of all the people in my family who have graduated from MHS/JCHS

The years range from 1926 to 2011. The list doesn’t include family members such as Irma Bork Sanderson, or those in our family who taught in the Murdo Schools, such as Vava Bowers, or Margaret Anderson Francis. I’m sure there are families with more members among the Graduates, but I am very proud that the list of 25 well represents a heritage that is both meaningful and lasting.

I’ve been to Horse Creek, where my Grandparents farmed and ranched when they first moved to the area.

The Family Businesses..  My Grandfather John Francis, owned Francis Hardware in Murdo. After his death at the age of 36, My Grandmother, Constance Francis ran the store until it was sold to the Thune family. My Father and his two brothers moved to the Murdo Depot when Connie married William Bowers (the Depot Agent), in 1928. They were still living above the Depot when my Dad’s youngest brother Charles graduated high school in 1942. Sanderson’s Store was first owned by my Grandfather M.E. Sanderson, then Jeff Sanderson.  My Father, Bill Francis owned Francis Plumbing and Heating. The Chalet Motel, owned by my parents, was part of what is now The Range Country Motel, owned by Greg Miller. The LandMark Country Inn is owned by Mark Sanderson, and of course Jerry Miller built countless Homes and Businesses in the Murdo Area. Wayne Sanderson had a dirt moving, and road construction operation.

The School Days

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Murdo Elementary School – All six grades in 1930

Not enough room for the memories

 

Murdo Girl…Whateverland

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Well now that The Donald has officially accepted the nomination of the Republican party, and Hillary’s convention is next week, it will soon be time for Barney and Murdo Girl to quit loafing around and get Murdo, the center of it all, fired up again. We can probably have a convention in The Harold Thune Auditorium now that all the alumni have cleared out. I don’t blame the Coach for putting plastic on his floor. Do you think that’s why it was hotter than fire in there? My hair looks dripping wet in every picture. With my most recent bad haircut, it didn’t look that good dry.

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I was so hot, I couldn’t wait another minute for her to turn around, so Val snapped this photo. You’re my favorite Mrs. Peters!!

I had to go to the doctor a couple of days before I left for Murdo. It was just a regular check-up. I had gained a few elbeez since the last time. When I commented that I had gained weight only because I was going to a reunion, the good Doc said, “You look great and everyone you see will think so too!” Then as I was walking out, he said, “Of course, there’s always someone who looks better.” What is that supposed to mean? I will say most of the alumni I saw, were pretty well preserved.

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I’m sick of Murdo Girl!! Neon? Tasteless

For the Parade, Valerie was dressed like the Queen who’s 90, and I was supposed to look like an eight year old playing dress-up . I’m sure there was more than one eight year old that looked better than I did.

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Hi honey..you’re not 8..it says kindergarten on the sign

Kip thinks it’s kind of weird that I’ve been wearing my red gown and tinfoil crown every day. I don’t see why he should care as long as I continue to do all my chores. Well, not all of them I guess. Part of the reason I still wear the gown is because I haven’t done the laundry in three weeks. When I wear the dress, I have to wear the crown or people will look at me funny.

 

Yesterday,  I hung around the Monitor until it got too hot. The Monitor is our local newspaper. (I don’t have a “Newspaper Liaison” here  like Teresa in Murdo.) I believe in being proactive when I need to get noticed for publicity. You know, for my campaign. They finally snapped a couple of pictures. The picture was okay. It was even on the front page, but the caption said, “Aging queen posing as an 8 yr. old. Approach with caution.” It’s not true what they say. There is such a thing as bad publicity.

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I like crowns too Grammy

“Hey Queenie! What would you say to your older selfie?”

I came home and Kip had started the wash. He is doing great after some serious back surgery. It was hard work nursing him back to health. When I left him to go to Murdo, I had to remember to call every day. Our friends, Pat and Jerry who drove him places and did other things, said he was great and never complained. Our kids always behaved better for someone else too.

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I’m Jerry
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I’m Pat

Unfortunately, I just found out from Lav that Texas is not one of the states we filed in so campaigning here will do me no good. I’m going to ask Kip if we can take the RV to Murdo for the convention. “Aggressive Informant, have you found out anything more about that low flying plane?”

I don’t think she heard me. Poor thing, she tries so hard. I hate to tell her, but that plane isn’t flying. I like the new hat though. It completely changes her look. My Photographic Drawer does good work.

Teresa, Coyote Liaison, and Sherri, Photographic drawer

I have to remember to ask Jerry  Elrod, my bean counter, if we have enough $ to buy more tinfoil.

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Me, Jerry and Lav, hobnobbing in Murdo with some of my constituents, Paul and Ralph Thomas, Judy Dykstra Brown and Patti Dykstra Arnieri

What I’m trying to say here is there will be some campaigning, complaining, and explaining; Murdo talk, storytelling, relishing, and embellishing in the days to come. After all..I don’t want my crown to lose it’s luster.

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